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Corbin Nash (2018)
What's the whole point!
Corbin Nash is as poor as it can be and is a home of almost every cliche you'll ever find in vampire films.
First of all the screenplay is stretched far beyond the limit. The film should have gotten over a long time ago, but it keeps dragging on and on and on. One of the most yawn-inducing film of all time.....
Second, writing is extremely poor and dialogues are laughably bad and unintentionally hilarious. I bet even an amateur can write better than these so-called professionals.
Now, lets talk a bit about the cinematic structure of the movie. The film is told in a non-linear manner. Now, non-linear structure is good only when it serves a purpose to the story, other than that it's nothing more than a form of structural decrepitude. This film clearly misuses this technique as there was no use of non-linear structure. The film could have easily been told in linear form without even hurting a single facet of the plot.
The use of music is extremely poor, as again it lacks the charm. The music is forced to give the atmosphere a gloomy look, but clearly it doesn't work. The lighting is also far from good as it never provides credibility to the scene and stoods out as a sore to the eye.
Also, the use of frequent close shots is questionable as acting is totally void.
Direction is the weakest link of the movie. Never for a moment, I got invested in the plot as the ambience lacked believability. The director tries to force too many things at a single time in the name of mood building, but everything falls flat. Acting is weak, music is poor, writing is feeble and editing is effete.
The film is full of cringy moments which sometimes entertained me due to its unintentionally funny nature. The film takes forever to come to a resolution. Even though such films demand certain level of disbelief in reality, many scenes lacks logic and feel out of sync.
All in all, a complete waste of time! Never ever try to see this movie, not unless someone is willing to pay you for watching this shit.
Black Mirror: The National Anthem (2011)
A brilliant satire about human psyche
I can see why people are so pissed of with this episode? I get it. But giving 1 and 2 star to this episode is far from acceptable. There is a detestation club running on for this episode, sorely for the purpose of diminishing its rating.
While the core idea might seem implausible, its presented in such a neat way that it starts to look feasible. The narrative is very good, and most of the performances are also decent. The screenplay is clever and satirises sharply on obsession of technology and its ill effects.
With such type of preposterous idea the episode could have easily turned into an awful course, but deft direction makes sure that it's on point and stays witty and perspicacious. Yeah, the climax was a bit disappointing as the motive is not much very much compelling, but from the narrative and thematic point of view, it makes sense. The whole idea is to test whether a population would like to watch such an indecent act or not. And surprisingly, they do. That's what the whole point of the artist to show our obsession with technology and public figures. It also explores the fragility of society's mindset under such huge threats.
So, overall a very unique idea explored in an incandescent manner. A nice watch...
I was really intrigued after watching the trailer of this movie but alas! I have to say, the trailer was better than the movie itself. The movie was only entertaining in bits and pieces. I kept thinking that something better would come but i was disheartened by the film. So, let's talk about the movie:
1. Captivating animation - The quality of animation in the movie was splendid and the attention to detail was noteworthy. The film is stunning to look at and is a visual treat.
2.Eccentric characters - The film is home of some of the the most bizzare and outlandish characters. The best part is that each characters are given a unique behavioral quirk which defines them and adds to their zaniness, and are entertaining as hell.
3. Voice acting is pretty good.
4 Direction - Although the film has a thin plot, it is elevated by its direction. Direction is really good here as it makes the film watchable even when there are so many negative factors going against the film. Also even though it has a poorly written plot, it manages to hold you attention.
1. Poor script - While the central idea is very interesting, the film is marred by its almost non-existent plot. The screenplay is poorly written and lacks the sophistication of manga series. I have to say the whole film falls flat only because of its poor writing.
2. Chaotic narration - Film's narrative structure is weak. It feels like as if the scenes are patched together in one bundle without making much sense. The editing is poor. The twist in the end fails to make an impact. And these are the things which drags the quality of the film down.
3. Music - Music is here only to fill gaps and is below average. It does nothing to elevate the mood, it's just there to play silently in the background without serving any purpose.
4.Anti-climatic ending - The ending feels too anti-climatic and rushed. Several things are left unanswered.
All in all, Book of the Atlantic is a moderate affair which is a mish-mash of Titanic(1997), Resident Evil and Hellblazer. It's strictly for manga's fan. If you are an anime lover then go for it, albeit with a lower expectation. Overall, a strictly moderate affair...
A realistic revenge drama
Ajji is among the most realistic and superlative films of independent cinema in 2017. A gritty and authentic take on revenge genre, it has the merit to stand out on its own virtues. An extremely important film with an essential social theme, this movie deserves to be seen by everyone.
1. The screenplay of the film is impressive. Although not much things are happening on the screen, yet the film manages to stay intense from the beginning till the very end.
2. Performances of the cast are exquisitely amazing especially that of ajji. She should have won National award for her portrayal of this role. She submerges herself so much in the role that it becomes indistinguishable from reality. Rest of the film is also filled with powerhouse performances. If nothing else, this film can only be watched due to its performances. Easily on of the best acted film of the year...
3.Direction is marvellous. Devashish Makhija manages to capture the raw emotion and intensity of the slums of Mumbai. His use of long shots are commendable, as they let the character to breathe and make a lasting appearance. He also manages to show the various trials and tribulations faced by the people of slum. The atmosphere created by him is incredibly intense and extremely authentic.
4. Cinematography of the film is of top class. It manages to immerse you into the surrounding and helps to intensify the mood of the film. The film is easily among the most genuine portrayal of slum life in recent times.
5. Powerful themes Revenge and justice are the main themes of the film. But other than that it also shades light on various issues like Rape culture, Biased judicial system, struggle between dignity and survival, Impotency of law, Flawed political system, Injustice faced by North Indians in Mumbai, Moral corruption etc...
6. The mannequin scene This scene features during the middle of the film and easily one of the most nightmarish and trippiest scene of all time. This scene acts as an allegory for rape. It is a vile and cringe inducing scenes which also can be interpreted as the metaphor for feminine atrocity. The frequent use of mobile phone's camera during this scene escalates its frightening effect.
7.Background score is minimal yet helps to sharpen the atmosphere of the film. Sometimes the music even conveys what's going inside the mind of the characters. Here music in not just an add-on but is used as an storytelling device, and the payoff is brilliant.
1. Slow Pace The film is too slow in its pace and even at just 105 minutes runtime feels a bit long.
2. There are some scenes that defies logic. Like how ajji manages to sneak out every night without getting noticed by anyone? Mother of the victim is shown in no grief even after such a huge happening.
So, all in all an incredibly well made film with passion and love for cinema. It's like a breath of fresh air. If you enjoy commercial cinema then there is nothing much here for you but if you are a true cinema lover do watch it. It's a must watch for everyone!
A very monotonous and boring piece of anime without a proper story...
Right from to beginning upto the very end, it has disaster written all over it. While the animation is prepossessing, same can't be said about its story. A ludicrous attempt to cash on an insanely interesting character who has actually very little to do with the plot...
So many questions are unanswered and plot quickly turns from pointless to completely pointless.
Skip it at any cost. One of the worst anime i have ever seen...
These 3 stars are only because of good-looking animation and background music. Utterly disappointed!
The House Next Door (2017)
A neatly crafted ghost story...
THND is an impressive movie which contains spooks as well as a good story at its core. The story is nothing new or groundbreaking but what makes this movie stand out is its wonderful direction. The narrative of the film is engaging. Script and direction alone make this movie stand out in a particularly lacklustre genre in Indian cinema.
The film starts off very well and the pacing is apt. The film falters a bit in its third-act but considering the overall intensity of the film, it's easily excusable. The screenplay is pretty clever. The direction is deft and proficient. The cinematography is gorgeous and helps in building the tension, especially the scenes shot in black-and- white look splendid. Music assists the atmosphere brilliantly and heightens the intensity of the narrative.
The ending drags a bit and could have been shorter. The end twist is good. The film looks inspired by a Malayalam movie Ezra which deals with the same topics of haunted house, possession and exorcism albeit with a different backstory. The cliffhanger ending works perfectly with the tone of the film and teases for a sequel (already excited).
Acting is admirable. Siddharth is nice and brings a certain edge to his character which is enough to tell how much talent he inherits. Andrea looks convincing in her role. Atul Kulkarni as a troubled father is superb. Avinash in the role of a psychic was great considering the fact that such character mostly turns out to be a goofy shadow of themselves. He is excellent in his role and brings a certain rugged charm to his character. Rest of the cast members are also good in their respective roles.
The film also carries a very subtle message about female infanticide and sexual discrimination. The way this message has been conveyed is clever and efficacious at the same time.
So, all in all, a finely crafted horror film which manages to scare as well as entertain.
7.3 out of 10!
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993)
Overvalued up to the brim
This screen adaptation of the Cape Crusader is far from good, let alone great. The screenplay is average at best. The direction has mediocrity written all over it. We have seen better stories of Batman than this overvalued piece.
Despite being good on paper, the pace hardly picks up until the third act. The revelation of Phantasm, in the end, is not as shocking as it should be due to its tactless handling of the narrative. The predictability of the story is another off-putting thing about it.
The portrayal of the Batman is gawky. He has been transformed into a desperate romantic guy from being the world's greatest detective, and that really feels offensive. While some people argue that it portrays the more human side of Batman. OK, well then how about making a romantic movie with James Bond and a family movie with Deadpool. Come on man! seriously...
These guys are what they are cuz we love them doing what they do best. Not everyone can digest Indiana Jones into a family drama just because it shows his human side. Similarly, Batman is all about what he does. He is the greatest detective and tactician of the world. And he adores what he does, so do we. If not then what's the difference between Batman and other vigilantes? While It is an interesting character study, it surely isn't the best portrayal of Batman on screen.
Voice cast is good. Mark Hamill is good as Joker. Andrea's character was ruined by a defective scripting. The character needed some more time to breath and hence feels one-dimensional.
All in all, a strictly average affair...
5 out of 10
An intriguing revenge thriller
Mersal is a simple story told in the grandest way possible. While the film certainly has its flaws, it has effortlessly been vanquished by an interesting screenplay. The film is hugely benefited by the stylish direction of Atlee. Certainly, the film is nothing new in term of its content but the way its story has been executed, makes it stand out.
The whole film is a celebration of the charisma of Vijay. He is outstanding in a triple role, especially his role of wrestler Vetrimaaran was exceptionally played. Nithya is wonderful in her role. Kajal and Samantha are just to fill the spaces. Justin Selvaraj is magnificent in the role of the corrupt doctor. His mannerism is peerless. There was a certain cold-blooded gleam in his eye which gave her character a new altitude. Vadivelu is good as always.
The film is overly long and needs to be trimmed. There are some questionable editing choices in the film. Runtime is indisputably a big drawback of this film.
Atlee is here in its full form. He directs the film with his full energy. Another winner for his career.
The film keeps you entertained for almost its entire run-time. It has a good message too but in the rabble of masala, it has lost its intensity. If a little more attention would have been paid to the script, the film might have attained a different level. While the film manages to entertain you for most of its run-time, it never really tries to emphasise on something which is new and has never been explored earlier, which sadly is a mighty drawback in itself.
Nevertheless, it is a nice entertainer and is a must watch for Vijay fans. Even if you are not his, the film manages to entertain for most of the time. A good one-time watch...
An excellent derision
Newton is simply the most relevant film to have come out this year. India is the world largest democracy but what actually it takes to make a democracy? A subtle and fervent exploration of the aforementioned question...
It raises some very serious questions about the working of our system. There are various themes running under the surface like discrimination of minorities, paranoia, prejudice, power abuse etc.
What does it take to do your duty sincerely? The film contains some very dark facts about our system. How ironical is the fact that nobody is working anything in the right manner but when somebody tries to do it right they start to oppose him/her? The fact that the whole film is a despair against our flawed system is a brilliance to revere.
The inner and outer conflicts of the characters are portrayed brilliantly. The main character of the film is in constant conflict with his morality and the working of officialdom. The election is the most important thing in a democracy and election officers who are trying to conduct a fair election are no less than army officers.
The film is full of dark humour and glum sarcasm. Dialogues are extremely hard-hitting. An excellent screenplay is complemented by a great direction. The use of milieu and colloquialism is a masterstroke and intensifies the raw and real atmosphere of the film. The cinematography is splendid. The camera captures the mood of the film in a blazing manner.
While the notion of democracy sounds pretty simple it becomes fairly intricate and complex when our lead character tries to explain it to the native people. It is ironical that the army which is there for the natives are the one who terrorises them. The film is full of such beautiful and intense scenes.
Rajkumar Rao is stunning in the role of an honest election clerk and gives another ravishing performance. Pankaj Tripathi is excellent in the role of an army officer who continually tries to persuade Newton to abandon his duty for the sake of safety. Anjali Patil and Raghubhir Yadav are superlative in their respective roles.
Newton is a rare film in Indian cinema. It's a must watch for everybody who loves to think cinema as a powerful medium. The movie addresses the issue which has rarely been covered in our industry. A brilliant depiction of tribulations faced by an honest individual. A sharp and witty political satire....
Bleak tale of virtual voyeurism
Lens is a solid psychological thriller which delves into the cynical and twisted realm of human nature. It can be termed as a modern parable for the contemporary tech-savvy generation. It poses some seriously profound questions.
Being a compelling allegory about privacy intrusion, it works on various levels. The screenplay is razor-sharp and doesn't even afford you to blink. Acting is splendid. The direction is marvellous. What makes this movie so exciting and relevant is the important issues it arises. The film deals with the themes of Privacy encroachment, voyeurism, retaliation, moral deviance, ethical dissipation etc. And while addressing these issues, the film never feels preachy.
It is an excellent tale about the inherent demons in all of us. Today everybody sequesters his/her inner demons with everyone but that doesn't mean that that demon has perished. It still exists deep inside you waiting for a sound chance to come out. Isolating yourself from the real world and submerging into the virtual world is never going to help. It even intensifies the trouble.
The story is about the very same innate fiend and what happens if it unleashes.
Overall, a compelling thriller which should be watched by everyone because it carries a very ingenious and heartfelt life lesson. Superb!!!
How the hell did it get such a high score on IMDb
One of the most overrated film I have seen in this year...
The film uses every possible platitude of a family drama. A stereotyped story sprinkled with an overdose of moral values are presented in an extremely tangled manner.
The story is mediocre, the screenplay is good, the direction is bad and cinematography is even worse. Director tries to manipulate audience emotionally at various points but sadly it doesn't work out. If the director may have tried to present the story in some different manner, it might have felt better. The narration uses every possible cliché present in these types of movie.
The film was even confused about its own course. It begins as a family drama which quickly shifts into a romantic comedy, then into a conspiracy thriller and then it turns into an action fare and ends with an overdose of family values. A lot of scenes were beyond logical explanation which acts like another nail in the coffin.
While I am not denying its noble intention but convoluted supervision descends the calibre of this movie.
Even Puneeth was not in its peak form. While he was good mostly but in certain scenes, it seemed like he was just sleepwalking. Priya was just there to fill the seat of the romantic interest of the protagonist. Rest of the supporting cast was good.
The things I liked about this movie was its comedy, its music, dancing by Puneeth and the montage of Rajkumar sir during end credits. Other than these, everything thing was so messed up.
So, overall an overrated film which tries to conquer contemporary grounds but turns out into nothing more than a projection of stereotyped senectitude of cinema. Strictly average movie..
A remake which retains the flavour of the original
A good effort at making a mystery thriller film... The venture is commendable as Bollywood is not particularly good at making films of this sort as well as remaking old classics. But this film proves to be a neat affair.
The screenplay is pretty good. Rashomon effect intensifies the ambiance of the film. The film starts off very well but starts to drag out soon. The second half is good but not that satisfactory to escalate the movie to another level. Tedious direction crushes the soul of the film. The end revelation almost saves the movie from collapsing to a lower level. The new plot point added to the original film blends seamlessly and works neatly. There are some minor plot holes in the movie but considering how good the screenplay is, direction clearly is deficient. A good direction may have elevated this film to another level. Clearly, the direction lacks the punch. The cinematography is mediocre too.
Akshay Khanna is brilliant in the role of the police officer. His mannerism, his dialogue delivery, his expression, everything was bang on. Clearly, an underrated actor who deserves more respect... Sid is growing as a performer with every film. He still has to go very far but he is good in the role of an accused writer. Sonakshi is normal and nothing much can be said about her. In some scenes, she looks cringe-worthy.
Background score is good and is in harmony with the grim tone of the movie.
Overall a good movie marred by ordinary direction. But still a good remake of an old classic which retains the former's glory while adding some interesting changes in the plot to suit the new generation. A good one-time watch...
A wasted chance!
While the story had potentials, it was ruined by a substandard narrative and inadequate direction. Clearly a case of wasted opportunity....
While the story was pretty good, the screenplay was too inferior to conceal the flaws in the narration. The whole story was full of done-to-death clichés and offered nothing new in terms of cinema. While it had some seriously sublime life lessons but that too fizzled and looked forced. Only picking a good concept doesn't mean that it will be rendered into a good cinema.
I am not arguing that it is a bad movie, I just can't comprehend how it got so much acclaim despite being a strictly moderate affair. While it surely raised some excellent issues inherent in our society, but the story failed to do justice with that. It tried to give a unique twist to the concept of a true protagonist and almost succeeded in the attempt. This film distinctively turned the theme of perception of the behavior of an individual, but again wasted that brilliance due to a ludicrous twist in the tale. The entire film felt so realistic but the ending turned it into a flimsy mess.
In terms of characterization, the film failed terribly. While the lead girl was given an interesting backstory, her character arc was too feeble and was never explored properly. The lead character of Nambi was brilliantly written and was among the best things about the movie.
The acting was sound. The music was average.
So end the end I want to say that it could have been a strong social drama but fell flat due to too many flaws in the screenplay as well as an uninspired direction. Just a one-time watch movie.
Toilet - Ek Prem Katha (2017)
A mediocre social comedy which plays like a 140 minutes advertisement of Swaach Bharat Abhiyaan
Toilet is a film about the tussle against deeply rooted superstitions in our mind in the name of culture and religion. On the surface, it is a film about improving public sanitation and emphasis on making toilet in every house to counter the problem of Open defecation.
But on a closer look, it sounds more like an struggle between aged and current conception. It is and assault against bygone notions which are deposited in our mind in the name of tradition and religion.Religion never harms anybody, what harms most is the delusional distortion of religion in the name of custom and heritage. And this film tries to oppose the very same distorted notions.
A very noble endeavor by the director for picking such a relevant and contemporary issue. But only picking a good idea doesn't translates into a good movie.
The first and the foremost issue with the film is its feeble screenplay. It drags too much. The film could have easily been edited by up to an hour. The plot had potential but is lost in the haywire storytelling and never-ending second half. The screenplay of the film would have been made into a good 30-35 minutes short film but if you are making a movie you need to have something much more than that. Aside from screenplay and editing, muddled storytelling is an another drawback. Director drags the film by putting songs and overly sentimental monologues and scenes at regular intervals but it clearly encumbers the flow of narrative. Direction is average at best. Cinematography is good. Music is complete waste and is only there to increase the length of film.
Acting is good. Sudhir Pandey went too over the top however considering the demand of the script, it could be forgiven. Akshay Kumar is natural. Bhumi Pednekar was brilliant and nailed her role aptly. The performance which stood out the most was of Divyendu Sharma's as the younger brother of Akshay Kumar.
So in the end it's just that the film clearly had the potential of being a powerful social satire but was lost somewhere among weak writing, overly long run-time and bland direction. It could have been much more but is sadly just a promulgation of Prime minister's Clean India Initiative. A one time watch...
Arjun Reddy (2017)
This is the best movie i have seen in this year so far. A great movie depicting love, loss, pain, heart-break, anger management, suffering, coming to terms with life and blends everything seamlessly in a nice package.
Storytelling is brilliant and revolutionary. Direction is splendid. Screenplay is brilliant barring some stupid mistakes especially during the ending. Not every story needs to be a happy ending. The whole movie was a gritty depiction of suffering due to heart break and has been build seamlessly but is sacrificed in the end only for having a happy ever after ending. The writer could have gone some other way to end the story. That would have looked more realistic. The whole film was so pragmatic but ending was out of the sync and turned every buildup into a non-viable mess.
The character of Arjun Reddy is well written but somehow falls into unrealistic zone. Admit it, He was a contemptible fellow yet director revers him almost like a superhero. That somewhat vexed me.
Other than that everything is superb. Innovative story telling, Stylish and deft direction, adroit cinematography, Beautiful music and bang on performances, everything was so proficient in its place. The depiction of love and its suffering is so raw and naturalistic. Three cheers for the director (forgive me, i don't know his name) for addressing such a novel issue in his very first directorial attempt, that too in such a bold way.
Overall a landmark in the Telugu cinema and a must watch film for every one for its cynical nature and its unique take on love, life and loss.
Power Paandi (2017)
Pa paandi is a moving tale of a man who feels something is amiss in his life an goes on an epic quest to find his first love.
While the story is simple the screenplay is very commendable. This movie almost entirely rests on the shoulder of Rajkiran Sir and he carries it exceptionally well. He is great in the role of a man whose life is stuck around a small routine but he wants to explore something more. Revathi mam is also excellent in the role of the long lost lover of Paandi. Although she is only in a cameo role, her role casts a long lasting impression.
The film touches many themes like Care of aging parents, Unfulfilled love, Compromise, Commitments, Passion and Life itself. It also takes us on a tour of life through the perspective of an aging man which is shown quiet beautifully in the film.
The direction of Dhanush vacillates sometimes but considering that it's his maiden directorial attempt, it looks pretty engaging. The film is also able to give a very beautiful message without being priggish. Music is pretty good especially i liked Paarthen song the most.
Editing is not that good especially in the second half the film goes on and on. Fight choreography is puny. Cinematography is average. The end portion where our lead suggests to start a new life with his lover together could have easily been ignored. It would have been better that way. Not every love story needs to be fulfilled. Ultimately it is left to an ambiguous fate. It would have been better if this plot point would have been ignored. It slightly turns the tone of the film into a pretty substandard direction.
But barring these few mistakes there is a lot to applaud for.
Overall a good movie which dares to be different as well as relevant for our time. Everyone should watch this movie to get a lesson or two. A satisfying experience....
Sadly it is not very effective
IT is an adaptation of Stephen King's 1986 horror novel of the same name. It is a story of a group of friends in a small town who are terrorized by the eponymous entity who is in the form of a clown and the subsequent attempt of the group to fight that being and uncover a mystery. Being a horror movie it has some good terrifying scenes and twist and turns but at the core it is a movie about friendship. While it is not exactly a Magnum Opus, it's not a bad movie either. The main theme of the story is Friendship and what it means to have a good friend. From the very beginning of the movie, every character is shown as different and meek and hence is constant source of bullying. They find solace with each other and form a gang called loser's club and enjoy each other's company.The subsequent growth of the character and defeating their deepest fear is depicted nicely.
The another main theme of the movie is quashing your fear. It is clearly shown that the entity feeds on the fear of an individual. Hence to defend themselves or to defeat him they need to vanquish their fears. While watching movie, it was clearly evident that the movie is less of a horror and is more of a coming-of-age tale where characters by various means conquer their fears and learn more about their identity via a series of misadventures and learn about meaning of life, friendship, love, sexuality, loss and fear. So lets talk about pros. and cons. of the movie and what is my personal opinion after watching this movie.
Performance of the cast - I really loved the performance of the cast. Everyone was suitable and acted well in their roles but the cast member which stood out for me is Sophia Lillis. I really liked her performance. The way in which she essayed the role of a sexually abused teen is seriously commendable. Other cast member like Jack Dylan Grazer, Jaeden Lieberher and Jeremy Ray Taylor were excellent in their respective roles.Their chemistry was endearing and organic. Another stand out role for me was that of Nicholas Hamilton. He really performed well in the role of a mentally troubled young sociopath.
Musical score - Music of the film was quite good and matched consummately with the theme of the movie. The background score was also quite good which helped in intensifying the fear at some critical moments during the film.
Well developed characters - The characters in the film are well written and developed which is a rare feat for a horror movie. The reason of every character's inherent fear is explained well. That's why characters feel so authentic while watching movie.
Screenplay - IT is a rare horror film where so much effort has been put in writing. Screenplay is commendable.
Cinematography - Cinematography of the film completely reflects the mood of the film be it the happy time with friends or be it the haunting wall of the entity. The camera accurately captures the tone of film and which in turn makes the movie more terror-stricken.
Over reliance on Jump Scares - While the source material provides excellent opportunity to delve into the psychology of characters, the makers seemed to ignore it. While it could have been an excellent psychological horror film but due to excess reliance on jump scares it turns into an another run-of-the-mill horror film. This movie can be sighted as a prime example of why jump scare sucks? I was really disappointed due to the lack of genuinely frightening scenes in place of sleazy jump scares.
Muddled storytelling - Storytelling could have been far more better. Some scene jumps from one to another without any proper motive or meaning. Also the film takes too long to build.
Runtime - The film really test the patience of viewers too much during the film. The film could easily have been shortened by up to 15-20 minutes. 2nd half drags too much especially during overly long climax.
Performance of Bill Skarsgard - This might be a controversial opinion but i really didn't like performance of eponymous character. While Bill tried his level best, it was evident that during some scenes he was trying a bit too much which was really unaffecting for me. The more he came to screen, the less menacing he became.
Average direction - While the direction was not bad, it was not good either. Considering the fact that you have a great source material and a well written screenplay, you need to add some extra score points to the movie by using your direction. Instead of focusing on psychological aspects of the story, he focuses more on terrifying audiences with music and the clown, but after a certain point it all starts to fall flat. I am not exactly condemning direction but i am not impressed either by the endeavors of Andy Muschietti.
So, in the end its another run-of-the-mill horror film despite having a great story.
Being falling into the genre of thriller, it quite didn't live up to the expectations of its defined ilk. Thrillers should be tight and tense but this film was rather sluggish and tedious. The screenplay dives more into complex character dynamics rather than the espionage setting. While it certainly makes it subtle and intellectually replete, it also makes the overall narrative a little frail.
What i liked more about the film was its character design. The characters are pretty good and sound down to the ground. The character of Fuse as a troubled soldier was quite impressive but the twist in the end and the subsequent change of his character was quite annoying. Considering the build up of the movie it was quite a risky choice but didn't pay off well for me. Hand drawn animations were exquisite and blissful too look.
The pace of movie was too slow. Nearing the middle of the film, it literally ceases to move. It only picks its pace in last 25 minutes of its narrative. It tries to explore the tumult of characters from their respective point of view. While it succeeds in its effort, it hugely hampers the flow of the film. In my opinion it could have easily been shortened by 15-20 minutes.
The setting of the film is extremely apt considering the grim tone of the film. The background score is consummate with the flow of film. Direction is pretty deft. From the very beginning to the very end the film is dark in its tone and is clearly not meant for children. The red riding hood allegory complements flawlessly to the background of the film. Sporadic violence depicted is superlative. So is the performance of voice cast.
SO, overall i enjoyed it only in bits due to its lethargic pace. I liked the animation and the music very much. If the screenplay would have been a little more sharp and would have been invested little more on the environs of the setting and the background of espionage, it would have been more satisfying. Nevertheless an above average, one time watch.
Grossly glorified and overestimated!
Whenever i came around a list of greatest sci-fi films of all time,most of the time i saw this movie mentioned in the list. Reviews of this film are also very great be it on RT,IMDb or Metacritic so i thought to watch this movie but lo,the movie turned out be something which intended to tell so much but turned out be too less.
The religious themes of the film derails the film from its itinerary. Too many unanswered questioned also vexed me a lot. Character development is almost good. The way aliens are shown in the movie is good but at the same time their eerie behavior made no sense.
The screenplay was good in parts. Mystery created around the UFO sighting was pretty good but considering the tone of the movie, climax made no sense at all. The movie started off really well but the end product sounded half-baked.
Richard Dreyfuss over-the-top antics didn't work well. Teri Garr is good but had nothing much to do.Melinda Dillon was there only for crying and making sad faces.
Visuals are breathtaking. Even for today's standard it looks pretty cool. Background score is good. So is cinematography.Direction is not up to the mark. I think Mr. Spielberg got muddled about the course of the narrative.
It is the most overrated film in Steven Spielberg's filmography. Its way beyond my apprehension as how this film is termed as the greatest in its league.
Daring,disturbing and shocking
Last night i saw this movie and i was completely blown away by its sheer inventiveness.It was very unflinching and shocking and at times savage too.I must say,it is one of the most daring experiment of bollywood.It was a stupefying experience and a much needed break from over the top action and over saccharine romance films of bollywood.It struck me like thousand bolts of lightening. The film touches multiple issues like female foeticide,female infanticide,fraternal polyandry and caste discrimination.It also touches themes like regressive thinking of male against female and deteriorating morals of our society.But above all its a psychological reconnaissance of a society without women. The screenplay is razor sharp and strucks you right from the first scene.Unpredictability is another huge plus point for the film.In acting department,every actor plays their parts with aptness specially the leading lady.She hardly got any dialogues but emotes in such a good manner that you feel sympathy for her character.Cinematography is sumptuous.The frequent use of long shots give the character enough time to breath and which in turn gives a new dimension to the movie. Set in a dystopia(not so far-fetched),the film shows a village where there are no women left and suddenly a wealthy man finds a bride for his 5 sons. Many scenes of the movie are gut-wrenching and needs a rugged gut to digest.The public ceremony scene in the beginning of the film is one such scene.It leaves you shocked and disturbed for many days to come.The film is full of such sequences. The theme of the movie is very relatable even after almost 14 years.The way this sensitive issue has been handled is applause worthy and the way director took inspiration from Mahabharata and presents it as a modern day retelling with social themes is truly great.Its not just a film,its a subtle exploration of society. By no means its a perfect film,it has its share of flaws.The character development is weak.Technically film is a little feeble but it carries those flaws gracefully. Being a grossly underrated cinema,its a masterpiece in itself.Very few people know about this excellent piece of art.Its sad that such films rarely get their share of recognition and mostly are doomed to get a slow death in the voids of obscurity.
Ki & Ka (2016)
Shallow and didactic Rom-com
Ki and Ka is a movie which demonstrates the role of housewives in our society.
Constructing home from a house is an art but the people behind this act don't get enough appreciation.According to our society's opinion,the people who work outside are the prime contributor in this act.This movie tries to draw your attention toward the struggle,a housewife has to face,in order to run a home.
The only difference in the movie is that here the wife works outside and the husband runs the home.No doubt,the concept is very noble but its presentation is shoddy.The screenplay has been written in a dilettante manner.The drama is very shoal and mind-numbing.Some of the dialogs are quirky but most of them miss the punch and are ordinary and sometimes preachy too.First half contains some light hearted scenes but second half is a complete washout.The reason for dispute between husband and wife is never justified properly making the movie sound even more unrealistic.Music is plain and contains nothing extra ordinary.
This is the first film of Arjun kapoor after a long break and he is just OK in his role.During some scenes he overacts too much.Kareena kapoor looks good but is just average.The lady in the role of Kareena's mom is good.Rajat kapoor shows his flair is a small role and is excellent.
R.Balki is famous for making films which are far from the usual topics touched by our filmmakers.I am his big fan but i must say that this is his weakest work in recent memory.He falters frequently especially during 2nd half.I am disappointed this time but hope that he will craft something better next time.
Overall the film is fresh,unique and the topic has rarely been explored in Bollywood but weak execution ruins the day.If you are a fan of light hearted Rom-com which are different from routine films then this is for you otherwise stay at your home or go with low expectations. 4.2 out of 10 is my final rating.
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)
Hollow and bleak
One of the worst spy films i saw in recent memory.I had no idea what is going on the screen.I was left wondering after the completion of the movie about the content of the movie.The movie had a pretty decent story to tell and if expressed properly could have been turned into a good entertainer. It is basically and action thriller but all the thrill elements were missing.I didn't get thrilled even for a minute.The clumsy handling of the story was the main reason for this failure.The story is handled awkwardly.I was unable to connect with the story.Nearly 3/4th of the movie was wasted in buildup which was too repulsive to bear.The heist scene was laughable.The patriotic theme of the movie was also too subtle. Performance wise everyone is OK.Direction is the most infirm thing of the movie.I expected it to be a decent entertainer but it was completely bland. 3.1 out of 10 would be enough.
The Godfather (1972)
Excellent but not great....
The godfather is widely regarded as the greatest film ever made in the history of cinema.Widely considered a milestone,the movie inspired countless films. It might be a shame to admit but i hadn't seen this movie until 2015.After nearly 42 years of its release i finally got a chance to watch it.After watching the movie i found its story to familiar.It is because i have watched countless movies which are directly or indirectly inspired by this film and i must say that this movie was far better than those rip- offs. The movie has a great story.It shows the transition of a reluctant family-man to a crime family boss.The screenplay is absorbing.The cast is wonderful and everybody is peerless in their respective roles.In short this film is superb and wonderful.But i can't consider it as a great film.I don't know why it is called so?May be it had been a very original story during 70's but now it is not so.I am not a film scholar,neither i am a movie buff nor a cinema aficionado but i have seen many classics of World cinema and i found some movies which are far better than this one. I am not saying that this is not a great film.It is great,after all so many people like this and so many can't be wrong.This is a respectable movie after all this movie has influenced countless films.This movie might be great but not the greatest ever. This is an excellent example of mobster film.Positive points of this film are its evergreen story,its soulful musical score,its engaging screenplay,nice direction,great dialogs and amazing acting.The only negative point of the movie is its slow pace and overlong runtime.
So at last i want to say that it is an awesome piece of art and everybody must watch it.May be due to time difference or due to cultural gap,i was unable to grasp it completely. 7.9 out of 10 is my final rating.
Dr. No (1962)
Simple yet superb
The first movie of James bond cannon... What a start!The movie is very good in terms of visuals,acting,cinematography and musical score.The plot might be a little feeble but its execution is quite good.The film maintains its pace nicely.The runtime is also OK.The climax is a little doddering.The plot also contains some minor flaws but they are quickly overcome by its fast pace and the amazing storytelling ability of Terence Young. Sean looks amazing.He must have been a heartthrob during his age.His charismatic look and flamboyant personality mixed with his amazing panache is impeccable.He is a perfect choice for the role and no one other than him could have played this act so admirably.Ursula never looked so attractive.Joseph Wiseman's role was a little puny.I expected him to be more stronger.Yet him calm and wise voice was fit for his role of a evil genius. Cinematogrphy is awesome.The camera captures the vibrant and picturesque surrounding brilliantly.The visuals are good.The light hearted tone and good one liners are another positive points for the film. A nice movie and a must watch for the Bond lovers.The start of this brilliant Spy saga is not to be missed. 6.8 out of 10 is my final rating.
Bahubali: The Beginning (2015)
Epic in every sense.....
In one word this movie is simply MIND- BLOWING.This movie sets a benchmark in the field of visual effects in Indian cinema.Each and very frame of the film boasts of visual mastery.In another words,This is the grandest film,India has ever produced. Not just visuals,the film is rich in every field.Plot of the film is very good.The screenplay is fast paced and enchanting.There are not many unnecessary scenes or subplots.Right from the first scene,the movie hits the bullseye.Yes,some scenes are over-the-top and outrageous still those scenes contains an exquisite charm.The narration of the movie is excellent.The pace of the movie is brisk that's why it never seems that you are watching a movie of 150+ minutes.It never bores you.It is like a trip on a boat in a full-moon night. The background score is melodious and enchanting.It fits consummately with the mood of the film.And what to say about Visuals.They are simply brilliant.The movie contains one of the best visual effect ever seen in the history of Indian cinema.The bird-eye view of the kingdom,war scenes,avalanche scene,rock climbing scene and Lifting of Sivalinga etc. are some scenes where you can catch sight of the visual mastery.The locations are exquisite and looks like the Elysium has been painted on the canvas.Cinematography is excellent especially during the war scenes. S.S.Rajamouli can easily be termed as the James Cameron of India.His perception about this movie is artistic in sense and is truly peerless.With his new outing,he easily proves how great storyteller he is?He is truly an unparagoned artist. The movie can also be watched for its gratifying acting.Prabhas is amazingly awesome.He is the soul of the movie and with his performance he proves his panache once again.It is difficult to move your eyes away from him.Rana is awesome and is a perfect choice for the role of antagonist.His performance is superb.Ramya krishnan is astonishing.Her acting is another plus point of the movie.She is perfect in the role of a powerful queen.Tamannah is fit for her role.In action scenes she looks amazing.Anushka shetty has nothing much to do.Hoping that she will get a good role in the concluding part.Supporting cast is very good. This is an epic film in true sense as everything about this film is grand and epic.It is the greatest war epic India has ever produced.Bahubaali is an epic which is rich and vibrant and sets a milestone in Indian cinema.It is a must watch for every movie lover and if you are going to miss it then miss it at your own risk.This film shows the growing face of Indian cinema to the world. I would lovingly rate it 8.3 out of 10.